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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
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FDCA is the only business association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida:

  • Focused on meeting your unique needs.

  • Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

  • With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

  • Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

  • Advocating to improve your business climate.

  • Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
FDCA Directors bring together decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

Chair, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Vice-President, Noel McCormick
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
FDCA leads a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries. Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Facts about Florida's defense industry.

Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):

FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.

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  • Affordable Dues
Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:

Full Public Membership Directory
Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership dues:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Specific benefits to fit your unique business:

Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Affordable dues for every business size:

Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000
$10 M to $20 M $1000
$5 M to $10 M $500
$2.5 M to $5 M $250
up to $2.5 M $175
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Business development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.

  • Your Audience
  • Feature Events
  • Networking Events
  • Webinars
FDCA's audience is your audience. You have many options, and your time is valuable.

Your audience attends our events, which are specifically designed for defense businesses, so you receive a better return on your time and resources investment:

Decision Makers:
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
and more.
Prime contractors
Small to Large Businesses
from every area of Florida
FDCA conducts four Feature Events a year, throughout Florida and Washington DC.

First Coast Defense Expo
November 6, 2014, Jacksonville, FL
Registration Open!
FL Defense Day
Winter, 2015, Tallahassee, FL
Registration Opening Soon
FL Defense Technology Showcase
Spring, 2015, Clearwater, FL
Registration Opening Soon
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 26, 2014, Washington, DC
Registration Opening Soon
FDCA Member Only Event
Networking Events provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience. Attend locally or make your way around the state and expand your connections. You're invited!

Webinars are efficient tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business.

Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex Florida's business climate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:

  • Defense Works in Florida
  • Unemployment Insurance Relief
Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates


Your business may or may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital work.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Invitation from Congressman Ander Crenshaw to the First Coast Defense Expo

Upcoming Defense Business Networking Events

Tampa Bay

Courtside Grille, 110 Fountain Pkwy N, St Petersburg, FL 33716
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4:30 PM ET

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Speakers
Brigadier General Chip Diehl, Usaf (Ret.), Florida Defense Support Task Force
Jenny Clark, Solvability, Event Sponsor
Joe Marino, Industry and Association Update, President FDCA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Professional Networking

SPONSOR: Solvability
HOST: Florida Defense Contractors Association

Northeast Florida

River City Brewing, 835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:30 PM ET

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Speakers
First Coast Defense Expo Update
Joe Marino, Industry and Association Update, President FDCA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Professional Networking

HOST: Florida Defense Contractors Association

Enterprise Florida announces $2.45 million investment for 14 Florida defense communities - Enterprise Florida

"Governor Rick Scott announced that 14 counties were awarded $2.45 million through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will support community projects at 19 Florida military installations.

Governor Scott said, “These Florida Defense Programs serve to support and sustain our many military installations. The more than $2.4 million in grants will provide installations with the resources necessary to enhance military value, and allow installations to provide for and support military families. I appreciate the work Florida’s service men and women do for our state and I’m grateful we are able to get communities the funding needed to enhance base and community relations.”

For more than 15 years the defense grants have been successful tools in assisting local defense partners in supporting the State’s military installations. Florida’s military and defense sector is responsible for 9.4 percent – or $73.4 billion – of the Sunshine State’s economy. This translates to more than 758,000 statewide direct and indirect jobs."

Enterprise Florida announces $2.45 million investment for 14 Florida defense communities | Enterprise Florida

Naval Station Mayport preparing for arrival of littoral combat ships - Action News Jax

"A multimillion-dollar facility is being built right now that will eventually house the administration offices that will support the new ships. Rep. Ander Crenshaw is in San Diego looking at the vessels. Action News spoke to him and a base commander, who say these ships are the future.

They’re fast, agile and filled with the latest military weaponry. They are littoral combat ships, and Naval Station Mayport is getting six of them.

“It's a game-changer for the Navy, surface Navy at least,” said Cmdr. Peter Ehlers.

“Not only is that great for national security, but as you know, that means more economic impact for northeast Florida,” Crenshaw said.

By the time all ships arrive over the next few years, 900 additional sailors and their families will call Mayport home.

Crenshaw said these new ships will also save money because of the smaller crew needed. He said there are $21 million in the appropriations bill right now to finish building the training facilities at Mayport."

Naval Station Mayport preparing for arrival of littoral combat... |

U.S. Foods, Port Orange Division, Port Orange, Florida, awarded $312,584,084

U.S. Foods, Port Orange Division, Port Orange, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $312,584,084 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for prime vendor subsistence support. This contract was a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. This is a two-year base contract with one one-year option and one two-year option periods. Location of performance is Florida with an Oct. 9, 2016, performance completion date. Contracts for Friday, October 10, 2014

Army Develops New Concepts, Keeps Existing Fleets Rolling - Defense News

"Under the US Army’s new operating concept, its forces must be tailorable, scalable, have a smaller logistical footprint and be able to operate in austere environments. The size of an infantry squad, nine soldiers today, may yet change — and perhaps vehicle requirements along with it.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the Army needs a vehicle that integrates robotics, UAVs and cyber. If the goal is to reduce the footprint of a command post, why couldn’t a commander have the strategic communications of a brigade headquarters in his vehicle?

“How does that change how we do operations on the ground,” Odierno asked. “These are the kinds of [operations] we want to be able to do, and then technology will continue to help us to improve that.”

The Army’s new operating concept stresses mobility, reliability and survivability, and materials with improved strength-to-weight ratios, toughness and ballistic resistance. It calls for advanced sensors that can locate and identify threats, enable protection systems to counter those threats, and make it less likely an enemy will detect the vehicle."

Army Develops New Concepts, Keeps Existing Fleets Rolling | Defense News |

Friday, October 10, 2014

Embraer adding 600 new hires on the Space Coast - News 13

"Another milestone for a luxury aircraft maker on the Space Coast; an expansion that will add hundreds of jobs and jets over the coming years.

Officials say they plan to add 600 new hires onto the 400 Embraer employees already working at the Melbourne International Airport site, essentially more than doubling the company's presence on the Space Coast.

It will be a 236,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility; the place where Embraer will put together it's Legacy 500 and 450 private jets.

Four buildings include an assembly hangar, a paint facility, a final completion center and flight prep area.

Adding on to the jet maker's campus on 22 acres of airport property.

Embraer has already built 80 smaller jets in the past three years, producing $300 million in revenue.

They expect to construct 50-60 aircraft per year once the expansion is complete.

Salaries will average around $70,000 a year."

Embraer adding 600 new hires on the Space Coast | Brevard County

MacDill crews fueling the fight against ISIS - 10 News

"Men and women from MacDill Air Force Base are flying tanker jets, refueling the planes that are launching strikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Two of the huge tanker jets you normally see soaring over Tampa Bay are flying over the Middle East right now.

The planes are all 50 or 60 years old. The people who fly them?

"I'm 27," Captain Roy King told me with a smile as he sat at the controls of the enormous KC-135 Stratotanker plane in the air above the Gulf of Mexico.

But King says the three-person crews can handle the stress -- and actually feel safe, even when they're over places where people on the ground would love the trophy of taking one down.

"You just try not to think about it," King told me.

"It may be an uncomfortable situation, but you know that we've been taught how to deal with situations like this, and how to remain calm and cool at the same time.""

MacDill crews fueling the fight against ISIS

FDCA Welcomes New Member: UDC USA


Defense & Space

UDC assists government organizations in training and equipping countries to help address terrorist threats within their own borders We provide training and mentoring services at the customers designated location, specializing in austere environments. Our trainers are some of the worlds finest and they are on site to teach anything from technical maintenance to logistics. Our existing global logistics process allows us to deliver all equipment and defense articles necessary to provide our customer with the capability they desire at the location they desire it. For U.S. customers our specialties have been non-standard rotary wing logistics support, non-standard weapons training and mentoring, non-standard ammunition production and delivery, software engineering and aviation lifecycle management.

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